Ciuffetelli, Verruso NAADA winners at Yonkers

Yonkers, NY — Two seven-horse fields went to post in Thursday night’s (Dec. 3) North American Amateur Drivers Association trotting series action at Yonkers Raceway. A pair of Tonys emerged victorious, as Tony Ciuffetelli won his split with Golden Kronos in 1:58.2 while Tony Verruso copped his division with Exarch in 1:59.2.

In the first split, Ciuffetelli sent Golden Kronos to the lead from the post two, and they got the first call at the quarter in :29 while keeping Karets and driver Joe Lee on the limb. They were one-two by the half and remained in those positions until the three-quarters, where Karets began to fade. At that point, Golden Kronos and Ciuffetelli scooted away to a three-length lead before being measured to a 1-1/2 length win over DW’s Revenge and 17-year-old driver Brett Beckwith. If I Must and Paul Minore were third.

In the other event, hot-handed Tony Verruso notched his third victory in his last five starts when he gunned Exarch to the lead from post seven.

“I was told he could leave like a runner. When the gate sprung, I let him ramble, and we were in front before the (first) turn,” Verruso said. “Once there, it was little more than ‘catch me if you can.’”

They passed the first stanza in a swift :28.1, and they had two lengths on the field when they trotted by the half in :58.1.

“Bob (Davis, with Lucky June Bug) was the first to move on us, but my horse easily kept him at bay. In the stretch, we opened daylight and finished a 2-1/2 length winner,” Verruso added.

Lucky June Bug was second best while Jacks To Open took home the show dough for Nicole DiCostanzo.

The NAADA series continues next Thursday (Dec. 10) at Monticello Raceway.

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